This is my ultimate wine degustation for Christmas.
Let’s be honest 2020 did not turn out like anyone planned. And you wouldn’t be the only one planning to have a bottle of Pinot Noir as the second course at Xmas lunch.
And while we can’t change what happened this year. We can control some things. Like ending the year on a high and drinking amazing wine over the festive season!
You don’t need to drink all 6 bottles at once. Or drink them in any particular order.
However, if you have enough people with you; you can follow the path I have chosen you’ll see a wonderful progression which builds to drinking top-level Bordeaux at its peak and finishing with a 12-year-old German Riesling that could easily steal the whole show.
Your ultimate wine degustation for Christmas.
This pack is 6 wines from 4 countries, combined the wines have about 50 years of bottle aging, and all wines are stunning.
Starting with Champagne because you are not a savage.
Grand Cru Champagne from a grower in Bouzy. 90% Pinot Noir means a powerful wine.
10-year-old Hunter Semillon to keep cutting through.
The best Semillon producer in the Country and maybe the best Semillon vineyard in the country.
The beautiful transition.
Rose grown on an active Volcano. It is like Champagne base wine. So complex and mineral with a cleansing aspect.
Cool-Climate Australian Shiraz at the perfect drinking age.
The perfume, the cool, palate invigorating structure. The elegance.
A gem of a wine.
Bordeaux at the peak of its life.
Duhart Milon is the first Bordeaux estate that blew me away.
Decant it at the start of your meal. And it’ll reward you.
Sweet Riesling from the most awe-inspiring vineyard I have ever seen.
And the wines are magic—everything that is great about perfectly balanced, sweet Riesling.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is impressive. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
I, Phil, have been running The Wine Depository since 2011. The Wine Depository exists to make sure you are drinking the good wines. You can browse and pick what is interesting to you. Or you can make contact with me. I’ll make sure you get what you want, to your palate, to your budget and to your door.
If I don’t chat with you beforehand, have a Great Christmas, and I hope we can share a glass of wine in 2021!
Phil The Wine Guy